10 things EW loves: Week of May 21, 2004
1. VIDEO FOR JAY-Z'S ''99 PROBLEMS''
The fiercest cut from what may be the rapper's swan-song CD fuels this chilling, shot-through-the-heart final send-off.
2. SWEET LAND STORIES, by E.L. DOCTOROW
In these marvelous short stories, Doctorow deals with fear, isolation, and defeat with compassion, wit, and outrage.
3. THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM, DIANA KRALL
Through modern standards and songs written with husband Elvis Costello, singer-pianist Krall finds the aching poetry in life and death.
4. THE SOPRANOS
The season's last third is when this show always soars, and with Mob wars brewing and Tony stewing, we're loving every bit of agita.
5. THE SONNY & CHER ULTIMATE COLLECTION
So what's on this DVD set of their '70s show? Ruth Buzzi. Don Knotts. And many, many Bob Mackie gowns.
6. ELLEN DeGENERES
She's funny. She's nice. And she happens to be the best thing to happen to daytime talk since the Koosh ball. But hey, don't take our word for it: Her show's 12 Emmy nominations merely prove what we knew all along.
Eric Bana is more than just one of Troy's faces in the sand: In the DVD of 2000's dark biopic, he revels in his role as Australia's favorite sociopath.
8. WAVE OF MUTILATION, THE PIXIES
Twenty-three tracks from the influential '80s band, including rare B sides and a cover of Neil Young's ''Winterlong.''
9. THE MONSTER LEGACY COLLECTION
Wash off the Van Hel-stink with this DVD set of Universal classics, featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man at their spooky best. Rahrr!!!
10. THE LAST 10 MINUTES OF 'EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION'
Who knew that some drywall and a lot of paint could make these families so happy and us so...weepy?